South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis stuck by his words and brought out a proxy captain in a bid to change his luck. Prior to this Du Plessis had lost seven consecutive away tosses.
Attempting to avoid a whitewash, Du Plessis brought out Temba Bavuma with him in the middle for the toss. The skipper had earlier claimed that winning the toss is essential in the subcontinent.
The tactic, however, did not work as India once again managed to win the toss and elected to bat first. Watch the incident below:
The result of the toss brought in a barrage of laughter in the middle amongst the captains, presenter Murali Kartik and match referee Richie Richardson.
Speaking right after the toss, Du Plessis said that it just isn’t meant to be while adding that the surface is the driest of all the pitches played out so far. He added:
“It shows that it isn’t meant to be (about using Bavuma as a proxy skipper for luck). Important toss as this looks the driest surface of the series. It’s about the first innings really and we need to put runs on the board when we bat.
Meanwhile, Kohli announced a debut for local boy Shahbaz Nadeem. As of writing, the teams are out for lunch after a gripping session’s play.